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elections. protestors say that's not enough. in ukraine, a symbolic gesture. as protestors topple a statute of a hero. >>> and early venezuelan elections, as that country struggles. tonight the crisis deepens in thailand. the prime minister suddenly dissolves parliament and is calling for new elections. picture of thousands rallying in the capitol where it is 11:00 in the morning. opposition party resigns from conflict. and the conflict is not over yet. wayne hay has the latest. >>> there is no indication that the prime minister will dissolve parliament, that they will change their goals. those goals have in fact changed a bit over the past few weeks. at first they said they would accept house dissolution. that quickly changed into their goal being the removal of the regime, referring to the former prime minister who was ousted in 2006 and lives in self proclaimed compile. his sister is now prime minister. they say the government is corrupt, this current government is corrupt and only trying to serve the interests of the the former l prime minister. house dissolution was not going to be eno
and the top stories, an early election but fails to put up tens of thousands of protesters trying to force her out of a job. >> live outside the office where the protest leader asked his followers to camp out overnight. >> reporter: french troops disarm fighters accused of hundreds of deaths in the african republic and we will be live if the capitol. breaking links with russia and think the time to stop blockading government buildings and worth more than its weight in gold, historic olympic metal shatters auction records. ♪ our top story on thailand prime minister called an early election to stop the political crisis that is gripping the country but has not stopped the tens of thousands of protesters who want to put her out of a job and say she is running a corrupt government on behalf of her bother and they are gathered outside of her office in the capitol of bangkok and they have flooding the streets of bangkok and began marching on the complex on the northern outskirts of bangkok at the government house. now at least nine marches started from different locations on the city on descending
dissolves parliament and calls for new elections. protesters topple a statue of former leader lennon in ukraine. they are calling on the government to break ties with russia and norm new ones with the e.u. >> and a day of prayer for nelson mandela. president obama and two former presidents expected to attend the memorial service for the late former president. >> welcome to al jazeera america. i'm stephanie sy. as a power struggle grips thailand the prime minister calls for fresh elections. the thousands of protesters in the capital say it's not enough. wayne hay has the latest from bangkok. >> there's no indication from the anti-government protesters that the announcement from the prime minister yingluck shinawatra, that she will dissolve parliament. the goals have changed. they said they would accept the solution and the resignation of the prime minister. that changed into the goal being the removal of the thaksin shinawatra regime - referring to the former prime minister ousted in a coup in 2006 and lives in self-impressed exile. his cysister, yingluck shinawat is the prime ministe
, elections will take place. tell us more about the controversial constitution. >> what's new this morning to many egyptians is the fact this it seems there'll be a change to the roadmap that the military government put forward. earlier we have been hearing that first the constitution will be drafted and it will be put to a referendum. if approved there'll be parliamenty elections and presidential elections. in the draft resolution, it seems it's not clear. it's left to the president to decide if presidential elections will be held before parliamentary elections or at the same time. many see there's some room left for general abdul fatah al-sisi to run for the presidency and win it before the parliamentary elections to strengthen his hold on power. he is the person running the country, and they oppose that. >> any idea how this is likely to play out on the streets. on sunday there was more access in tahir square. >> well, the government and the military are trying very hard to rally many people as possible to store the referendum. they want to put it to vote in january. today some of the n
's ruling congress party has suffered a bruising defeat in key state elections. it's lost three of four states after last week's vote. now it seems to be an even bigger battle for the congress party to cling to power in may national elections. >> reporter: opposition supporters celebrate on the streets of india. the results of state elections are in. the vote was seen as a test of the coalition government led by the congress party when prime minister singh. the congress party didn't do well. the bjp won many and retained seats. new delhi was the main prize. djp has the most seats over, but couldn't manage an overall majority. winning here sent a clear message to the whole country. the congress party has been in power in the state capital for 14 years. not anymore. the anti-corruption party won second place and will make it a hung administration. >> translator: people will win this time. i'm confident the country will improve. >> translator: congress has been in power for three consecutive terms. we can't ignore the anti-i am couple bent see factor is strong to topple the government. i i
is willing to resolve parliment but she will only do it with the guarantee that is free election taking place. an elected peel o people peoplel run the country before there will be a democratically election taking place. >>> still to come on this al jazeera news hour. sudan's vice president has resigned has part of the cabinet reshuffle. we'll tell you what that might mean. >>> and we are in interyeah wherinter-- indiawhere early stn results spell bad news for the ruling congress party. >>> in sports they extend an unbeaten run in breme. there. we'len we'll havethe details in. >>> prprotestors have called foa million man march. the protest against the government is in it's third week. they want to step up the demonstrations in the coming hours. we are in kiev. it does look freezing but the determination looks rock solid. so far lots of people coming out on the square, david. you have to bear with me it's extremely noisy. i will struggle to hear what you have to say. resolution is rock solid. the protestors need to show that they have momentum and they have legs on this meash eve machine l kee
and former prime minister thaksin shinawatra. her party won on election two years ago and holds a majority in parliament. we have teems in bangkok travelling all sides of the story. let's go over to wayne hay at government house for an update on the situation there. wayne, what is the latest. >> yes, well we are outside government house, the officer of the prime minister yingluck shinawatra. let me run through what has happened here over the last few hours. this barricaded area or what is left of it is the scope of pretty severe fighting. in the early hours of this morning, of tuesday morning, the police backed away and the protesters were allowed to come through into the area. if we swing around here and show the area. this is outside government house. outside the office of the prime minister. you can still there are protesters hanging around. they were allowed in in their thousands and they moved down this road, the front entrance to government house. the gate, the main entrance, or the main gate to government house was cut and the protesters were allowed in there, complete with a mobile
sundays 7:30et / 4:30pt on al jazeera america >> thailand's prime minister said elections will be held following more street protests. >> hello. i'm in doha. other top stories: north korea confirms kim jong un's uncle has been removed from government. >> french troops disarm militias after hundreds of deaths in the central african republic. >> worth more than its weight in gold - an historical olympic medal shaters auction records. >> first, thailand's government announce the it will hold elections following weeks of protests. the announcement comes after the country's prime minister dissolved parliament to diffuse the political situation. tens of thousands of protesters marged on the offices of bangkok. they've been demonstrating for a month. earlier they made a televised address to the nation. >> translation: brothers and sisters of thailand, i'm yingluck shinawatra, the prime minister of thailand. i want to inform everyone i have decided to request a royal decree to dissolve government this year. >> scott heidler joins me from government house. this is an attempt to dif
and the election she has been given until tuesday to step down. >>> preserving powers for the military they talk about egypt, plus. >> i'm rob reynolds in bangladesh of the appalling conditions in this country's cannerys. >> i'm with sport including. >> they were some of the best young players they have ever seen and now they celebrate their success. ♪ the prime minister told the country she will do anything to stop the violence but cannot accept the demands of protesters and she was speaking after another day of violence in bangkok where people are trying to force her out of office and unhappy when she tried to introduce an amnesty law and brother and former brother return to the country. these are live pictures from bangkok where there has been violence between police and protesters already, people are on the streets but the rallies has not gained momentum in the past few days and there is an olive branch and she says she is open to talks. >> translator: i insist on opening every avenue to find the solution and i'm open for negotiations. police officers will not use violence but it's necess
karzai said he would not sign it until after elections next year. >> protesters in ukraine returned to the streets in force. the president met with russian president vladimir putin. the meeting sparked fears an economic deal may be reached and russia, furthering the distance with the european union. >> there are reports that the ukrainian leader viktor ych signed a deal with russia securing, according to reports, $17 billion worth of aid. you -- ukraine, of course, needs the money to pay its creditors. the country's reserves are running live. it's in dire economic circumstances. these reports about the deal with russia are unconfirmed. of course they spread more anger amongst the demonstrators here in independent square in central kiev because, of course, they want ukraine to go towards the european union and it was failure to sign a deal with the e.u. that prompted all the protests. and on sunday they are planning the big one. they want to repeat the kind of successful mobilisation that they had last weekend here, and they desperately need to keep this momentum going, because they
later he was elected south africa's first president. let's examine the man behind the status. our first guest had a strong connection. his grandfather taught mandela and his grandmother visited the south african leader in prison. it's a pleasure to have you here. i know you are the headmaster of the groten school. i'm glad you took time on what must be a hard day, given the family connections you had and you know him yourself. >> thank you for having me, i'm honoured to be here and i thank groten school for allowing me to be here. the man would have loved that. >> tell me about your family and connections to nelson mandela. >> my grandfather taught nelson mandela in college in social anthropology. they belonged to the anc, the same organization. my grandmother was also a political leader within the anc. >> and your grandmother then also was close to him and visited him in prison, and nelson mandela wrote her. >> several times, and my grandmother would write back. she told me she wrote so many letters, some of which never reached him. a few made it all the way and she put them into a boo
elections in the last 10 year, they proof this -- pro thaksin parties. from what we have heard from anti-government protesters, that is not likely. >> thank you for that: >> from thai protests to egypt, and a man who is a thorn in the side of egyptian president for decades died. his work is a symbol of resistance. he's known as the people's poet. he's died after a long battle with illness. he is known as a man with a sharp tongue and sarcasm. >> at 84 the passionate lover of egypt died in his humble house in a run-down neighbourhood. a mixed crowd of young and old walked him to his final resting place. >> this 24-year-old never met him. he said it's a personal loss. he taught me how to revolt and politics. for those here, there's no compensation for this lose. >> he was a rebel, and pop culture icon. freedom and justice for all and people's right to a good life, especially the poor. >> he targeted tyre ants and dictators, with sharp, noncompromising poems turned into popular songs by another musician. his blunt crittism of the president landed him in prison. 18 years spent in different g
to the killings. francis hollande says the idea is to head as fast as possible towards elections. >> the french president is speaking at a summit in parris. jacky rowland was there. >> at the end of a 2-day summit the french took the opportunity of having so many afghan leaders under one roof to stay on for a short while and talk about the central african republic. it was decided to increase troops to 2,600. and to get rebels into their barracks, into their bases. in the longer term there are interreligious tensions on the country in order to hold a donor's conference. part of the reinforcements are an enlargement of the french contingent. francis hollande now has 16 undertroops. france will always be engaged in mali. 3,000 troops there, and 1600 in the central african republic. it wants to turn over african policing to african police-keeping forces. d in the two countries forbe some time to come. >> china irritated some nations and the u.s. south korea responded by making their own zone. a large part of it overlambs the japan zone and south korea has an air defense zone. its boundary is being
parliament and calls for new elections. [chanting] a day of prayer in south africa for nelson mandela and leaders including president obama and three former u.s. presidents expected to attend tuesday's memorial service for the late south african president. >> and a crime was never committed and we stood by that. >> reporter: the san antonio four speaking out, released after 16 years behind bars for a crime they have always maintained they did not commit. ♪ the deep freeze is on, wintry weather and cold temperatures reach the east coast. the weather is disrupting travel nationwide and made some sunday nfl games almost impossible to see. good morning and welcome to al jazeera america, i'm stephanie sy and the storm caused car pile ups in several states and accidents on the pennsylvania turnpike sunday involved almost 60 video as and this shows the long line of cars that came to a halt in morgan town, pennsylvania and we are tracking the storm. what is the latest? >> all of that snow and wind, it is still with us and we are going to continue to see it taking its toll and creating very
mourners are gathering. they are celebrating the life of south africa's first democratically elected president. you looking at the scene. a man who became a towering symbol for civil rights for strength, for unity. >> days to come, we will bring you extensive coverage, detailed coverage of his life, president obama spoke about mandela minutes after his death was announced, here is what he said. >> we will not likely see the likes of nelson mandela again. so it falls to us to be the example he set, to make decisions guarded not by haste, but by love. never discount the difference that one person can make. strive for a future that is worthy of his sacrifice. >> . >> right now let's pause and give thanks the r the fact that nelson mandela lived, a pan who took history, in his hands. bent the arc of the moral universes towards justice, may god bless his memory, and keep him at peace. >> the president of the united states, again, live pictures in outside nelson mandela's home tonight, and here in new york, a live picture of the apollo theater, the same the venue in harlem, tonight the mar
military was threaten to have a coupe, and there was a good chance in 1994, instead of having an elected black majority, we may have seen a white racism military regime. it came very very close. >> professor, hang on, i can see ali velshi nodding here. >> yeah. professor remember in the negotiations leading to the first election, the white supremacist drove a tank into the hall where the negotiations were going on. this was very close. this could have gone the other way very well, and you will remember, professor, that there were discussions that nelson mandela was offered his freedom earlier in exchange for a very clear renunciation of violence and refused to do so. he argued if he renounced violence from the chance to negotiate from a full system. the government -- if they did not want to do a transition to a majority government, but wanted to come up with checks and balances one that still whites and blacks, and determined people under that regime. besides the tanks or the vehicle that went to the theater, remember also attempted military overthrow, in early 1994, and particularly the
the current government illegitimate. they are demanding the prime minister step down. >>> todd's elections in venzuela is a test for the president. it will reveal the popularity of nicholas maduro, dogged by a major economic crisis. >>> it is a national day of prayer in south africa for nelson mandela. services of all faith did honored the former president. meanwhile, mourners lay flowers and lit candles in johan he isburg. >>> i am jonathan betts. you "talk to al jazeera" is next. for updates anytime of the day, go to aljazeera.com. >>> this is the imagine at the 70 of iran's historic agreement on its nuclear program. iran agreeing to restrict it's nuclear activities in exchange for a partial lifting of sanctions. tehran says its ultimate goal is a permanent solution that could allow it to pursue a peaceful program. >> nuclear weapons have no place whatsoever in our defense doctorine. >> what was concluded in geneva last night is not a historic agreement. it's a historic mistake. >> many aftcountries, particula saudi arabia is worried they are trying to buy time. the top diplomat is on a
of thailand where the prime minister has dissolved parliament and is calling for the election. the main opposition party leader resigned from office today. and they will continue. protesters toppled the statue of vladimir lenin on saturday. more than 100,000 ukrainians attended a protest. >>> the president of central africa maintains that he doesn't have control over his country. french and african union soldiers have been sent in to intervene. >> nelson mandela, prayer for the late president. >>> the mid-atlantic states are getting an early dose of winter across the country. thousands of flights have been canceled. and many roads and highways are dangerous. parts of delaware and new jersey could get a foot of snow. those are the headlines, and i'll see you at 11:00. for a partial lifting of sanctions. tehran says its ultimate goal is a permanent solution that could program. >> nuclear weapons have no place whatsoever in our defense doctorine. >> what was concluded in geneva last night is not a historic agreement. it's a historic mistake. >> many aftcountries, particularly saudi arabia
elections. this when the country's main opposition party resigned in office. >>> the demonstration in ukrai ukraine, over closer ties with russia. >>> people around south africa took part in a national day of prayer to remember nelson mandela. memorial service set to take place on tuesday. >>> the mid atlantic and the northeast are getting hit by a bout of winter weather. drivers are facing treacherous conditions as a result of snow ice and rain. those are the headlines. talk to al jazeera is up next. sanctions. tehran says its ultimate goal is a permanent solution that could program. >> nuclear weapons have no place whatsoever in our defense doctorine. >> what was concluded in geneva last night is not a historic agreement. it's a historic mistake. >> many aftcountries, particularly saudi arabia is worried they are trying to buy time. the top diplomat is on a charm offensive in the gulf region. can he build bridges with iran's arab nabors? will he attend the syria talks in generva to add more than two years of killing and destruction? what is behind iran's overtures to the west? you will fi
to help us hold elections so wreck choose a president deserving of the name and leave the country t they have to stay for thetrition. >> there are some people who have comparing this to rawanda in 1994. the genocide there killed hundreds of thousands of people. there are differences that was ethnic violence. here, it is sectarian. religious leaders are preaching peace, not hate. >> there is a growing atmosphere of ven he knew. you can't call it genocide yet. that would be imprudent but what is certain is that from now on central african republic, society will never be the same again >> reporter: there are many examples in history of where international forces have intervened too late. for the world, it's finally, taking notice that what is happening here al jazeera, bange. >> a deepening crisis in tie land as members of the main opposition party resign from parliament today. the party said it stepped down in protest calling the current government illegitimate, refusing to work with the prime minister. it increases the political crisis in that country. five have been killed since mas
. michelle has to stay and france has to help us hold elections so we can choose a president deserving of that name and leave the country. jadadea has to stay for thetrition >> reporter: there are some people comparing this to rwanda in 1994. the genocide there killed hundreds of thousands of people. there are differences. >> that's with ethnic violene violence. here it is sectarian. religious leaders are preaching peace, not hate. >> there is a growing atmosphere of ven he knew. you can't call it genocide yet. that would be an imprudent. but what's certain is that from now on, in central africa republic, soil will never be same again. >> there are many examples in history of where international forces have intervened too late. for the world, it's finally, taking notice that what is happening herays, bongee. >> praising for new mexico new mexico range from pulpits around the world on this national day of prayer in south africa. members of all faiths honor the former president, a steady flow of mourners stopped by his home in johan he isburg. nigeria called for three days of mourning a
and others would have been disaster for any government. we are heading to a general election. parliament will be dissolved and a general election amount. the upa government will go to the masses and say, "this is what we have done for you." they are hoping that the masses will react to that knowing that the subsidy issue will be left indefinitely until a permanent solution can be found, one that india agreed to. >> a philippine congressman joins me from oz low. this is the first deal the world trade organization has completed in 18 years. was it worth the wait? >> i think for developing countries it's not a bad deal. the problem is in terms of the deal - the big problem is agriculture has been a massive subsidy that the developed countries have been given the farming sector, over $300 million a year. it puts the burden on the developing country's government to reduce their minimal subsidies. in spite the fact of the schedule it puts the burden on us. as far as trade, i think everybody recognises that the main beneficiaries will be the developed countries and the big corporations - small
of preventing bloodshed. >> in a two-day seminar, francis hollande is calling for elections from the central african republic by removing the rebels who took control. >> at the end of the two day summit the french together the opportunity of having so many on and talk about the pressing subject, the central african republic. there were plans for the troops to disarm rebels, getting militia into their bases and get the armed men off the street. in the longer terms reducing tensions in the country. >> now, part of the enforcements are an enlargement of the french contingent. there are now 1600 french troops in the central african republic. france is engaged in mali. in the longer turn it wants to turn over african policing to african police keeping forces. france is engaged in two countries for time to come. >> a u.s. veteran is back home with his family after being held in north korea for more than a merrill newman arrives home today. his family called his time in north korea, "a difficult ordeal." melissa chan with that story. >> when merrill newman made the trip to remote north korea, he wo
taxing and they won an election two years ago and still hold a majority in parliament. the police meanwhile say they are in control of the situation despite standing down early on tuesday. >> the demonstration of peace an order we will inform that in order to reduce the tension and protest and the police, the center for peace an order has opened barriers to let protesters come in the area of the government house. we are in the process of asian with police and police maintain peace an order and forces for military do safeguard the area and ready to enforce police operations. >> reporter: that is al jazeera and let's join scott at the main protest camp in bangkok and we saw extraordinary scenes earlier outside the prime minister's office and tell us about the situation on the streets and at the protest camp there where you are. >> on the streets we were right by the headquarters for the metropolitan police in bangkok and has seen some of the worst protests and law enforcement classes over the last couple of days and we were there when they pulled down the bash wire together and pro
activism began in college. he was elected to the student council, but stepped down and joined a boycott over conditions at the school. he moved to johannesburg, studied law and joined the african national congress, a political and religious movement fighting segregation. it grew sharper when south africa elected a white government passing laws taking racism to the extreme. the resettlement of 3 million, deprives the right to vote and travel. stripping them of citizenship. nelson mandela was 30. he was convinced peaceful demonstrations would never be enough. he helped to form and one an amped guerilla movement. a campaign of bombings and sabotage in the '60s led to his arrest and prosecution along with others in the movement. convicted but spared a death sentence, nelson mandela would spend a quarter of a century, 27 years behind prison walls, 18 of them at the notorious robin island. outside the fight grew more fears. aggression and violence focussed the attention of the world on racism. nelson mandela became the most famous prisoner in the world. the powerful international condemnation
in paris. the french president is calling for elections by 2015 to remove rebels who took control earlier this year. much of the u.s. is in the grip of a freezing. four homeless people froze to death. in california the ploughs can hardly keep up with the snow. the cold snap made driving dangerous, including the midwest. by inch. 4 numbers of in blooming tonne in indiana. snow and ice in the mid-atlantic. washington d.c. will be under a 24 hour storm watch. it is cold out there, and it looks like it will get colder. >> it's weather fit for polar bears and penn gins. the air is breaking out across the area. let's start where the storm begins, which is west coast. this storm is making its way over to the east coast, impacting the spire united states. we had wind gusts 36 miles per hour in san francisco. doesn't sound like much, but they have gotten a polar snap. it's 39 for vegas. it's not quite freezing, but we have the freezing temperatures to the north central area, and we'll be below freezing in california. i don't think there'll be much dreaming going on, there's be a lot of heaters cli
. >> and that is nasaneen mushari in ban gi. new elections to take place in february but antigovernment protestors say they will continue their demonstrations until she steps down altogether. they also want an unelected council to step in. saying shinawatra uh will be reelected. >>> riot police are standing by to take them out of the square where they have been standing in for weeks. al jazeera robin forestier walker reports. >> troops are at independence square in kiev. protestors face imminent ejection. trouble may be on the way. the protestors are concerned that the police may have come early and they have instantly scrambled to the barricades to defend the square from any possible assault. yesterday's mass rally and the felg of a potent -- felling of a potent symbol lenin may have steeled resolve. more special units of president yanukovych's security forces were on monday seen heading for capitol.. >> they are really loyal to the current government and current president. and it's really a huge difference between orange revolution and currently the location. >> talks with former ukrainian leaders a
, he was able to vote for himself in a free election. he won, and was inaugurated as the first black president of his country. >> on this day, you took destiny into your own hands. you decided that would nothing would stop you from electing the government of your choice. country's infrastructure. he met the white house, meeting with three sitting presidents. in 2002 george w. bush presented him with the medal of freedom. president obama met mandela once in 2005, when obama was a senator. after one term as president mandela stepped down. he did not slow his pace. his charitable foundation raised money for a variety of causes. when south africa hosted soccer's world cup tournament in july 2010 he made his last major public appearance at the final game. the crowd honoured him with a thunderous ovation. his third wife, grassa michelle, the former first lady of mozambique was at his side during his battles with prostate cancer and lung infections that hospitalized him in the end. >> never, and never again, that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one by another, an
to unite the country. at our first meeting after he became president and i was elected leader of party in may 1994. he asked me to have breakfast in cape town, and he said, you know, toni, the opposition must hold up a mirror to the government. and we might not always like what we see in it, but that is a democracy. and he was pretty true to that. if you [ inaudible ] on certain toes of his organization, he was none too happy, but i think in the main he lived up to the ideals that he set out for the >> nelson mandela leaves a lasting legacy across the africa continent. let's hear from malcolm who has been speaking to a uganda journalist. >> we are outside of uganda's sports stadium. it was built in 1997 and it was named after nelson mandela. mandela visited uganda on several occasions, the first time was in 1990, just months after he had been released from prison. this man worked as a journalist in uganda for many years. >> it was euphoric. it was every single person in the country could tell that there was something in the country that had never been there before, that was nelson mand
after election. hagel did address the issue. >> the minister of defense assured me that the b.s.a. would be signed. >> the defense ministers will meet in february on afghanistan. >> mark morgan is here with the supports headlines. the college football regular season is almost over. >> i got the sense you want an upset tonight. >> i always root for the underdog, no matter what. >> stay tuned. we're going to see what happens tonight, how this plays out. the task is clear, a win for each team tonight and they will square off in the b.c.s. title game january 6. the seminoles are heavy favorites to beat duke in the a.c.c. championship became and ohio state is expected to have a tougher time in the big 10 title game, thes buckeyes taking on 1-loss michigan state. a loss by either would open the door for others to slide in the national title game. >> robinson cano is bolting the bronx, agreeing to a stunning 10 year, $240 million contract with the seattle mariners. it will be the third largest contract in baseball history. last season with the yankees, cano and beltran hit 296 for the cardinals
, and that is the removal of president yanukovych and new elections. they are not all united, they have different views, but they have consensus on that reaction to the possibility of talks. my colleague has been following ththe day's events. >> reporter: interior military troops reach kiev. protesters in public buildings they have taken over. these aren't snowballs. they're made of plaster. the protesters are concerned that the place may hav the polie early and they scramble to their barricades and ready for assault. demands that the president side witsigntrade agreements with eun union or step aside. the e.u.s policy chief is flying to kiev. as the cold closes in organizers need the crowd to stay on independent square. there may be safety in numbers. >> tim, we just saw the end of that report with the cold really setting in. it's snowing where you are right you. what is going to be the impact on those protesters who are still trying to blockade the government buildings. >> reporter: well, i think it's going to have a huge impact. some have been camping out for more than two weeks. in these conditions
-called red shirts, a political movement that helped bring the government to power in an election, and is vowing to keep it there. >> translator: the government that comes from the majority will survive. >> reporter: the prime minister's party easily won the last election on the back of support in areas like this. her brother, the former prime minister, built his power base here through populous policies that favored the poor. he lives in self imposed exile following the coup that forced him from office. this current political crisis was sparked by the government's push for an amnesty bill which could have paved the way for his return. this man leads one of the red shirt factions. he runs a community radio station which makes no claim to being politically independent. he says the people are still angry about what happened to the prime minister, and they will invade bangkok in big numbers if they do the same to his sister. >> translator: you will see a riot. >> reporter: even the stanchest supporters acknowledge he wasn't perfect, but they say he did things for him that no other pr
, he belongs to the ages. >> as a newly elected senator in 2005, senator obama ma now president obama of course met with nelson mandela. in 2006, as a senator. barack obama went to south africa, he visited rock bib island, and then just last summer, he was in south africa unable to meet face to face with nelson mandela, because of the leaders ailing health. he did meet with his family, he came away very move bid the experience. another thing that president obama comes back to over and over again, if you look at the literature, what he has written and said about his relationship and now he looks up to him, the way he behaves when he was removed to prison, instead of retribution and revenge against those that held him captive, he embraced them. you know i am really struck by number of things -- especially african-americans and nelson mandela. and you can sort of feel it in the words of the president of the united states. s there a sense about the relationship that president obama has said with this man? >> well, i think in the brief time -- and they have only met once. but obviously the
calm. >> translator: i hope the country will elect a new president and a new noble president, people who will serve this country properly and i hope the blood of our people won't be spilled. >> they want the resignation of yanukovych. they now face a deadline to leave by tuesday morning. no one's in a mood to give in. >> translator: i want a new government that listens to the people and doesn't treat us like animals. >> we are here to fight for our rights so that our kids are brought up in a good country without corruption and where everything's fair. >> yanukovych believes he has enough support to survive with backing from moscow. the protestors realize that this crisis has now reached a crucial moment. tim friend, al jazeera, kiev. >> robin forster walker is in kiev. what reeks from the government so far? >> the government released a statement earlier the spokesperson for the security services has been warning of a criminal investigation into politicians seeking to overthrow the state and that could carry up to ten years in jail, a ten year jail sentence. no names were mentioned
boots on the ground at the southwest border than at any time in our history. >> in an election year, the need to ramp up border enforcement has become a mantra among republicans and democrats alike. back in the rio grande valley, the men captured by border patrol had been taken to a processing center. if they don't have the right papers they'll be deported but first they will be criminally prosecuted for entering the country illegally. >> every single person that gets caught is going to be prosecuted. no matter what, no ifs ands or buts. nstead of picking them up and sending them back to their home country. we now prosecute them hold them in jail and then send them back to the country. >> back here, due process doesn't count for much. it is largely irrelevant whether these grew up in the united states. within hours they will all be labeled convicted criminals. >> the numbers, the huge numbers of prosecution is just skyrocketing. >> what is driving that? money, money. is for law enforcement a success story and for prison industry a profit. ahead of the election powment promisepromise
can consider this speech drawing a big bullseye on the elections in 2014. if asked what the president has done in the last couple of months they would probably say, well, he got pummelled on health care and he pardoned a couple of turkeys. so this play well with the base when it comes to midterm elections. >> the solutions on how to tackle the income gap, dave thank you. >>> coming up next, a major u.s. employer has a strong message for perspective employees, smokers are not welcome. new details on what lead to that deadly plane crash in new york. >>> welcome back to al jazeera america. i'm stephanie sy. a major u.s. employer has gone from no smoking at work to sno smokers at work. the insurance company, significant ga now says it won't higher people who test positive for tobacco use. >>> cigna is one of the leading insurance companies on the planet. and today the company announced it is changing its hiring policy. telling future employees you cannot work for us if you smoke, chew tobacco or use e-cigarettes. on tuesday the company announced starting january 1st, 2014, all perspective
would you explain it? >> i think at the time he was elected and announced at the loggia at st. peter's he seemed very shy and he is truly a charismatic figure. somebody in francis he doesn't just talk about the faith, he truly lives it. you see the things that have gone viral, when he goes and he embraces a man who is disfigured from an illness that causes boils, when he stands with a young boy, it's almost like jesus would let the children come to me. those things go viral and i think it sends a message that this pope is really someone who talks about jesus christ and acts like jesus christ. and there's an attraction and power to that. and i think people are very hungry for that, not just the united states but worldwide. >> sister janine, the being issue is not necessarily translating to american catholics getting back into the pews at church. what do you think about the studies that are coming up? >> well, that could be the case, i mean they're not coming back to the pews in the church but francis is setting the tone to get people to come back to the church we need to have welcomin
heading into the elections. this was the latest in a series of events. the president spoke to the base and what he said was music to the ears. talking about income disperty, talking about the need for stronger unions and ending discrimination in the workplace, tying the affordable care act into all of it. here is more of what the president said. >> the idea that a child may never be able to escape the poverty because she lacks a decent education or health care or a community that views her future as their own - that should offend all of us and compel us to action. we are a better country than this. let me repeat. the combined trends of increased inequality and decreasing mobility pose a fundamental effect to the american dream and what we stand for. >> there was bad news from harvard university. they have a public polling unit. the approval rating among his core constituencies, one that got him elected twice, that young people, millennials, 18-29 years old, 41%. that's down 11 points since april. most concerning in the immediate future for the affordable care act, the same poll asked y
with this election. at ucla students set up what they called shanty towns which was essentially a place where students went on hunger strikes and made their voices heard. but this was happening all over california and at all uc-campuses. >> and they made a difference professor, than thank you for jg us. >> thank you for having me. >> this is a happy day for veteran merrill newman. melissa chan is outside of their retirement community where mrs. and mr. newman live. have they arrived back yet, do we know? >> no signs of them yet. we do expect them at any moment. although the tricky thing with this is that there are several entrances and he may want to avoid the media there has about so focus and attention on his case. with himself there has always been concern about his health. while in north korea he nee need heart medication, and his family never knew if he was getting it. he did look healthy if not a little overwhelmed, and we had brief remarks to reporters. >> it's been a great home coming. and thank you all for the support we got, and very much appreciate it. >> and merrill newman was not
is to disarm rebel groups, paving the way for elections in 2015. >> many are on the streets in ukraine as protests continue. thousands occupy independence square. the protests from sparked by the government not wanting economic ties with europe. protesters fight for ukraine's financial future, china a bringing in the cash. a billion man is spending billions to boost a port to boost trade between ukraine and china. >> sevastopol has been the home of russia's black sea fleet since the time of catherine the great. the ukrainian president viktor yanukovych gave the kremlin an extension to the lease on their base until 2042, soon after his election, but got little in return. beijing's money looks set to transform the prospects of the city. the chinese investment will provide a life line for the battered ukraine can economy. $3 billion is being provided to bolster sevastopol's ports. twice that will be used to update crimean. >> trade between europe and china have to travel around the whole of europe. when this port is constructed ships can go straight across the black sea. the ukrainian com
it was a very big public boycott of the election and we saw police beating down demonstrators and the brutality of that government and there was in return a response to the united states. that rekindled the anti-apartheid movement in this country. it started small and grew and grew. on the berkley campus it went from a handful of students to being thousands of students and faculty and staff and i. >> were you having conversations with your parents explaining to your parents why you were doing this? >> many of us did. particularly when we were arrested and we were seen on tv confronting the police. these were tense times and it was a bit different from the 60's. it was different in that ours was a movement in solidarity with the people in south africa. we were keenly aware we had our own issues namely racism and other oppression, we were focused on south africa and the university's invotemen investme. and many of us didn't want to distract by making it police brutality and keep the focus on south africa. we managed to keep it prod and managed to prevent the pola polarzation that you saw on many
party resigned from parliament today. the party says the elected government is no longer accepted by the people. at least five people have been killed and hundreds injured since massive anti-government protests began last month. demonstrators have called on the prime minister to resign. protesters in kiev knocked down a statue of vladimir lenin as outrage mounted against the government's suspension of talks with the european union. numerous statues of lenin have been removed from kiev. this is the third straight week of protests in ukraine. al jazeera's tim friend has more. >> reporter: they poured into independence square in the thousands. they know this demonstration has to be big and loud to sustain the pressure on president yanukovych. on the edge of the crowd, young men prepared tactics for the worst outcome, another violent confrontation with riot police. a few streets away, squads of officers lined up in front of presidential office. last week there was chaos here, many people injured in a police charge. now there's a standoff. riot police at the ready at one end of the str
jazeera america. i'm jonathan betz in new york. parliament calls for new elections. protestors say that's not enough. in ukraine, a symbolic gesture. as protestors topple a statute of a hero. >>> and early venezuelan elections, as that country struggles.
is there to cover those events. official memorials began tuesday for mandela, who in 1994 election brought an end to ray par tide. soon after, exports rose and living conditions improved for millions, but the broing economy left behind huge parts of the south african population, and the most troubling trend involved income and equality. two divide between rich and poor has increased. two problem is particularly bad in predominately black communities like alexandar township, where mandela once lived. it underscores the challenges facing the largest economy. here is ali valshi now with more. >> this is alexandra township, one of the townships surrounding johannesburg. it is where blacks had to live because they couldn't live in the city limits. a t a lot of the people that live here work nearby. that's the promise of the new south africa, those are single family homes built by the government as promised since the aend of apartheid, they have power, you can't see them that clearly, but they have water tanks the streets have electricity, they are paved, that's the promise, this is the unfulfilled pro
the concrete barriers elected by the police. it and it's occupants were forced into a quick retreat. it seems some people on the streets are willing to go to extremes to achieve their goal. they want the government and the prime minister gone. the prime minister spoke to the media the day after speaking with the protest leader. she said she's willing to do anything to end the crisis. but the idea of an unelected council running the country is unconstitutional. >> after we met him we found he isn't interested in the resignation of the prime minister, nor does he want to dissolve the parliament. he wants me to return the power of the prime minister to the people. i don't know how we can proceed with this offer because this provision discuss not exist under constitution allah. it doesn't mean that we say no, but this negotiation we don't know how to make it happen. >> in the meantime the immediate aims of those fighting here are far clearer and more specific. >> in areas like this it is not a crowd dispersal operation. it is a case of the protesters using whatever and doing whatever they can to
yanukovych who, of course, these protestors want out and new elections taking place, has offered the possibility of talks. the opposition initially have said, we're not prepared to talk. when we're hemmed in by your riot police. but i think with katherine ashton's arrival, there is a possibility, at least account, that the -- at least, that the warg factions in this dispute might move towards talking to each other. that will certainly be her aim. and it's also, i think, although one can never be sure about these things, that while she is here, perhaps the authorities will not move against the protestors who are still camped out here, as we were saying, and also occupying city hall. >> they are camped out in what are freezing conditions. it's been snowing there for most of the day, as far as we can see. how long can they keep this going bearing in mind they have the threat of people moving in and the freezing conditions to deal with? >> well, it's extraordinary. some of these people have been here for more than two weeks. they're living in tents. and they don't have the latest pol
are genuine in sg a new chapter. >> in iran we have political elections an an popular and popr elections. >> they chose a different path this time around. and that election provided a historic opportunity to us and to the west in order to atry tro address us. you. we are not talking about sanctions. when sanctions started iran had less than 200 centrifuges and the note product has been 1880 centrifuges that has been added to iran's stock of centrifuges so sanctions have utterly failed in that regard. it seems to me that the west is trying to take advantage of the historic opportunity. we have a new government and a different approach to foreign policy. our tenants of foreign policy have not changed we insist on our rice rite an rights and we t negotiate. this can be achieved best through construction gea negotiation. >> first of all, what has happened, nick, since this deal was made and are there signs of how this is going to work? >> yeah, john, i think their initial reaction is tentatively positive. iran has allowed inspects yors intinspectors intoa plutonium pl meet in sr sri sr sri v
for a presidential election to be held before parliamentary polls. they have called on egyptians to support the referendum. >> translator: we urge all grippians to take part on the referendum. we all should keep in mind it is [ inaudible ] to bring an end to this edition, and get egypt out of this dangerous situation. >>> a funeral has been held for the man known as egypt's best stat -- satirecall poet. he inspired generations of youth aspiring for change. >>> frighters from the islamist group [ inaudible ] say they are responsible for the attack on an air force base in nigeria. it is feared that dozens of people have been killed. >> reporter: this is the aftermath of the attack on an air base and international airport. witnesses say hundreds of heavily-armed fighters in trucks and an armored person carrier stormed tfacility. the fighting went on for several hours. the attacking screamed god is great during the assault. more than 20 fighters were killed and several helicopters and aircraft were incapacitated during the righting. and two air force personnel were injured. this attack is a se
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